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Wii Speak Channel Only for Wii Speak Purchasers, Don't Buy Used

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319w ago - A Nintendo rep has said that the only way gamers will be able to download the Wii Speak Channel is with a "Wii Download Ticket Number" that is printed in a pamphlet that comes with the Wii Speak microphone.

This apparently means that if you buy the peripheral it used, you won't be able to use it as you can't download the Wii Speak Channel.

To quote: But there's a catch, a fine print surprise. There is a pamphlet packaged with the peripheral that includes a 16-character code, a "Wii Download Ticket Number," to be used for downloading the Wii Speak Channel.

According to the pamphlet, this code "cannot be replaced by Nintendo or your retailer if it is lost or stolen."
 

Nintendo Wii Opera Browser is Getting an Update

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319w ago - As the title states, the Nintendo Wii Opera Browser is getting an update this December!

The new features slated are as follows:

- Buttons are new
- Compatible with Wii Speak
- Can have six tabs open at once (can be made invisible)
- View Wii mail from the browser
- Available in December for 500 points
- Owners of the browser do not have to pay for the upgrade
 

PlayStation 3 Outselling XBox 360 in Europe, Wii Still On Top

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319w ago - Nintendo has released figures for 2008 hardware sales in Europe, which reveal the PS3 is outselling the Xbox 360 - though the Wii is still laughing in both of their faces.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, more than 10.4 million Wii consoles have been shifted in Europe this year. The high point for Nintendo was April, when nearly 180,000 units were sold. The figure for Xbox 360 during the same month was around 90,000, as it was for PS3.

Overall, PS3 sales are said to exceed those for Xbox 360. However, Microsoft's console proved more popular than its rival during October, when a price cut boosted sales to more than 60,000 units.

The DS has beaten the PSP over the course of the year. In July Nintendo shifted 225,000 handhelds, while the PSP reached a peak of 50,000 units during the same period.
 

Nintendo Wii SoftChip Backup Loader SVN Release Available

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320w ago - Recently requiem4d has posted on GBATemp.net (linked above) news of a new Nintendo Wii "SoftChip" Backup Loader.

From the official Project Page:

Softchip is designed to allow booting of 1:1 backup discs on your Wii.

Goals:

• Allow booting of 1:1 Wii Disc backups Region/Video patching to allow booting of imported discs and backups of imports
• As close to 100% compatibility as possible
• Compatibility with consoles of all drive types
• Allow booting of non-standard ISO9660 Homebrew Wii discs
• Store configuration to SD or USB drive to allow configurable autoboot

Wishlist:

• Ability to use Ocarina-style codes
• Compatibility with Waninkoko's decrypted disc format
• Runtime patching of the System Menu & Starlet to use the Disc Channel to load discs
• Remove the need for any cIOS
• Allow 6x drive speed while running backup discs

SVN Link: SoftChip v0.0.1 Pre r8
 

Nintendo Wii Homebrew Channel BETA 10, AKA Your Last Chance

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320w ago - Great news from marcan of Team Twiizers as follows:

As you all know, we're getting busy with several other projects, and HBC isn't a priority. However, the BETA 9 release had a few rough edges, and some things that should have been fixed weren't.

So we're giving you the chance to voice your pet peeves about HBC now, and we'll release a new version soon. Consider this version "final" at least for the time being.

HBC is basically feature-complete, so we won't be adding any new major features, but we want to get rid of some remaining bugs and annoyances. Once this new version is out, you're going to be stuck with it for a while.

Things that we've already fixed/added for BETA 10:

• meta.xml now handles non-ASCII characters properly (you can use iso-8859-1 or utf-8 encoding, but utf-8 is restricted to the iso-8859-1 subset)
• Wiimote shutdown support (in libogc git now - we should have added this earlier)
• Wiimote rumble now honors the rumble setting
• A crash bug or two (hard to hit)

Post a comment if you want something fixed. We reserve the right to fix whatever we want and ignore the rest, but at least we promise we'll listen. Please read the comments before asking for something; we don't want...
 
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